Following Darwin's footsteps

A specialist clinical and academic conference focusing on the latest developments in foot and footwear science and their relation to Charles Darwin’s theories, is hosted by Staffordshire University this week.

Professor Joseph Hamill from the University of Massachusetts, USA and Dr Christopher Maclean from Vancouver, Canada, will be among the invited speakers at the seventh Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics, taking place at the University’s Stoke campus between 17th and 18th April, 2009.

Coordinating the conference is Nachi Chockalingham, Professor in Clinical Biomechanics at Staffordshire University.  He said: "The focus for this year's conference is lower limbs in extreme conditions and hence the meeting this year is titled ‘Extremus in extremis”.
"While trying to disseminate latest research in this area, we are trying to focus on new avenues for research. With our specialist area’s connection to Charles Darwin, there will be a message along this theme within the papers delivered by the speakers”.

There will be academics from various disciplines along with clinicians and therapists attending the conference, making it an important event for all those involved in this and related areas of expertise.

"Staffordshire University has a strong reputation in the field of clinical biomechanics,” added Nachi.  “These types of meetings will benefit the clinical community here in the UK and beyond by encouraging discussion between the practitioners to improve treatment procedures for various foot and lower limb conditions”.


Judy O'Brien
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